My wife, daughter and I took the two-day one-night rafting trip. It was a fantastic experience that we'll never forget. Booking was easy. The whole thing is very well organized. Pick-up from and return to our hotel (in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui -- no extra charge) went smoothly. Breakfast was fine. The rafting was exhilarating and challenging (people did fall out of the raft into the rapids!) but safe (they were always pulled back on board uninjured!) The guides were highly competent, and not just at rafting -- they also served as cooks, expert naturalists, teachers, coaches, entertainers and more.
It was off-season, and there was only one other guest (Hi Stacy!) so our raft contained just the four of us (none with prior rafting experience) plus one guide steering like crazy and telling us which way to row.
The Pacuare river goes through heavy-duty jungle -- reminded me a bit of river scenes from Apocalypse Now. The lodge is spectacularly located -- it's miraculous that anyone managed to build such a thing in such a remote spot. Not a luxury hotel, but quite adequate accommodation for one night. It's noisy, because it's right on a fast-running river and the sounds of jungle life (howler monkeys, birds, cicadas and who knows what else) are constant. And our room was next to a waterfall. But it's all like background white noise -- you get used to it. We were all so tired that we fell right to sleep and barely noticed it.
The list of recommended clothing items to take is spot-on. You will get totally soaked each day. I thought the one-night trip was ideal duration (at least for over-60s like us.) Food was surprisingly good. Cost was reasonable considering all that is included. Take your camera (but not on the raft -- they send a photographer with you in a canoe for the last stretch of river.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our multi-day trips treat you to an exceptional adventure vacation experience combining rafting on the Pacuare with a stay at our remote "Eco-Lodge", tucked in the rainforest on the banks of the river. A trip of pure magic, unsurpassed beauty, wildlife and ravishing rapids; Pacuare is the quintessential tropical river. Along its course lay several densely vegetated gorges, which shelter, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths and an incredible variety of birds. Also found within these gorges, is some of the best whitewater in the world. "at its lodge, hammock-filled, thatch-roofed huts, offering dorm and honeymoon style rooms, surround an even larger thatch-roofed lodge net to a gurgling waterfall linking the huts to the lodge’s open-walled dining room, bar and reading room are bamboo-railed boardwalks that make wearing anything but river sandals sacrilegious. Don’t get so comfortable in the reading room’s hammock; however, that you miss the cocktail-hour bell; in true jungle fashion, all apres-paddle drinks are served in coconut shells." (Paddler magazine article, jan./feb.1999, edb). ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rios Tropicales Hotel Siquirres
- Rios Tropicales Lodge Costa Rica/Siquirres